Posted in August 2012

The Week in Kate: Kate Hudson shines at the Venice Film Festival, Katy Perry rebounding with Robert Pattinson?

Kate Hudson at the Venice Film FestivalBy Kate Torgovnick

As per usual, it looks like the Kates, Katies, Catherines, and Katys of the world have been mighty busy this week. Here, your weekly roundup of name-specific news.

  • Kate Hudson rocked the Venice Film Festival in this gorgeous Atelier Versace gown, which she wore to the premiere of her new flick, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” [LA Times]
  • But this is the great thing about Hudson — she looks equally as lovely off duty in a pantsuit. [Examiner]
  • Here’s a look at Hudson’s favorite restaurants in London, judging by the ones she frequents most often. [Yahoo!]
  • Meanwhile, Hudson’s promo shot for “Glee” is very Fosse. [Daily Mail]
  • And she’s sure got the moves in this new “Glee” preview. [Perez Hilton]
  • Katie Couric says that she left her old employer CBS because she felt “constrained” and that the network higher ups were “projecting their own issues” onto her. [Daily Mail]
  • The first big interview for Couric’s new talk show? Jessica Simpson. After that: Sheryl Crow, EL James, Susan Sarandon and Chelsea Handler. [Washington Post]
  • A woman has earned the nickname “Kate plus 839.” For her marathoning, people. [Register Guard]
  • Katherine Jenkins took to Twitter to shoot down rumors that she had an affair with David Beckham. [Access Hollywood]
  • A Kate who studies internet memes! [The Next Web]
  • Katrina Darling, the Playboy covergirl second cousin of Kate Middleton, doesn’t “see what the big deal is” about the naked photos of Prince Harry that surfaced this week. The red-headed Prince was snapped in the nude in a Vegas hotel room, while playing a game of strip billiards with at least one young lady.  [Fox News, TMZ]
  • While the world remains agog over Prince Harry’s nude photo scandal, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked calm and wholesome while attending the Paralympic Games. [E! Online]
  • In a case of unfortunate timing, right before the scandal broke, Prince William made the public declaration he considers Prince Harry to be Kate Middleton’s “lady in waiting,” because he “he is always by her side.” [Examiner]
  • Apparently, Middleton is teaching Prince Harry how to cook. [NDTV]
  • Yes, there’s an app for that. “That” being “dressing like Kate Middleton.” [Fashion n' Style]
  • Woo hoo! Middleton will speak in public again, this time at a Malaysian hospice center. [Press Association]
  • Remember Kathleen Robertson, aka Claire on “Beverly Hills 90210?” She is back on the small screen, opposite Kelsey Grammer, in what is apparently a racy role. [AP]
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Kate’s Television Musings: On “Ben and Kate” and why TV’s newest Kate is not very Kate-like

By Kate Emswiler

This fall, Fox has a few interesting new offerings, like Mindy Kaling’s series “The Mindy Project”.  The half-hour comedy “Ben and Kate”, however, is not one of these interesting offerings.  Which is a shame for folks on Kate-book, of course, because one of the two titular characters is a Kate.

Having watched the “Ben and Kate” pilot, I am sad to report that this “Kate” couldn’t be further from a real Kate.  More often than not (and yes, I pay close attention to this), Kate characters represent Kates well.  They are clever, charming, elegant and classy. They’re usually no-nonsense Type A personalities with cutting sarcastic streaks.  Almost always, they’re dark-haired, though this certainly isn’t a requirement, just a pattern.  My theory is that Shakespeare set this all up with “Taming of the Shrew”, in which Kate is (for most of the play) smart, no-nonsense, sarcastic and tough (a “ball-buster”, if you will).

The so-called Kate of “Ben and Kate” is a far cry from Shakespeare’s witty Katherine. For a TV character, she actually has precious few defining characteristics. She’s a bland blonde with little identifiable spark or passion.

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Dear Kate: My co-worker wants me to write a recommendation, but she sucks at her job. What do I do?

Dear-Kate-column-identityBy Katharine Luckinbill

Dear Kate,

I have been teaching at a summer camp in the city for the past three months. Every week we get a new batch of kindergarten-age kids and I have a great time with them. This camp also has two assistant teachers. While we were going through the boring process of hiring them, my boss asked my opinion of a prospective applicant and I said I thought she would be a terrible fit for the job. This woman got hired anyway and was assigned to my camp all summer long.  True to my prediction, she has been awful. Sucktastic even. The only thing going for her is that she is a very nice person.  Other than that, she sucks at her job.

Now that the summer is over she is looking for a new job. I was blindsided this morning when she asked me to write her a recommendation letter for another position working with children.  I was so taken aback that I agreed to write it without thinking. Now I am stuck trying to write a recommendation letter and all I can truthfully say is, “She’s a really nice person”. How can I recommend her without giving any real recommendations?  I’m in a pickle.

Best wishes,

Ina Quandry

Dear Ina Quandry,

First of all, you have come to the absolute right place — not only do I give advice professionally, but a major part of my day job is to read and request recommendations for potential candidates at my company. Second of all, I love your sign off name — and it would make my mom laugh. Hope she’s reading this one.

That being said, this is a sticky situation indeed. But here’s the thing about being asked for a recommendation: you shouldn’t lie. Not under any circumstance. Not only will it hurt the company she could potentially work for, but it could damage your professional reputation, and somewhere down the line your opinion won’t mean as much as you’d like it to if you’re giving false intel.

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Honey Boo Boo says niece Kaitlyn is “so cute,” despite three thumbs

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

By Kate Torgovnick

I thought it was a safe bet that I would never write about the TLC juggernaut “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” — about the loud mouthed 7-year-old beauty queen and her proudly redneck family — on this site. But then five weeks ago, Honey Boo Boo’s sister, 18-year-old Chickadee, gave birth to a baby girl named Kaitlyn. Rumor has it that the rest of the family has been poking fun at baby Kaitlyn because she was born with two thumbs on her right hand. However, the family tells People that isn’t true.

“We have embraced it,” says family matriarch June. “It makes Kaitlyn more special to us.”

Adds Honey Boo Boo, “Baby Kaitlyn’s so cute.”

Check out a photo after the jump.

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Kate’s Dates: On those annoying relationship Facebook posts

By Kate Richlin-Zack

Facebook really pissed me off last night.

This reaction is actually highly unusual for me since I spend an exorbitant amount of time on the site. I love keeping up with old friends, watching everyone’s funny YouTube videos, and I even get a kick out of the effervescent political rants that are becoming more and more popular recently.

But for some reason as I was scrolling through the newsfeed reading a bunch of inane status updates, I suddenly thought to myself, “Who gives a crap?!”

Facebook is incredibly self indulgent. It’s a way to let everyone on your “friends” list know who, what, when, where, and how you’re doing. Also known as a way to make them jealous of all the awesome things you have and do and all the fascinating people you hang out with. Barf.

Look at my Instagram photos. I can turn everyday objects, like the EZ Mac I had for lunch, into art thanks to a filter and a border. And my ironic captions serve as social commentary.

Here are 27 webcam photos of me. I’m really really ridiculously good looking. Check out all the interesting faces I make.

All of my friends are really really ridiculously good looking too. Here’s a photo of us at a trendy bar. It’s trendy because you’ve never been there. I even check into my apartment, which is also trendy because you’ve never been there.

Here’s a picture of me making kissy face with my cat. She rescued a child from a well last year.

And if that wasn’t irritating enough, then you start dating some former-model-turned-nuclear-physicist who’s so gorgeous he looks like he’s from another planet. So now in addition to all the usual obnoxious posts, every relationship milestone is documented online and the status updates reach a whole new level of irritating.

For example…

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Catherine’s Glass Slipper Project is a “borrow boutique” for women who can’t afford fancy formalwear

By Kate Torgovnick

Catherine Vicks of Yuma, Arizona, is something like a fairy godmother. Last year, she heard about a high school girl who was skipping her prom because she couldn’t afford to buy a dress. It reminded her of her own experience in high school, when she felt left out for being less affluent.

“It just kept tugging at my heart that if there’s one girl out there, then there has to be others,” Vicks explained to KSWT News.

Vicks had a novel idea — what if she could create a “borrow boutique” with an assortment of dresses for proms, military balls, weddings, quinceañeras, beauty pageants, birthday parties and more, where women in need can borrow a piece rather than pay hundreds for frilly finery they’d only wear once.

“I posted a plea on my Facebook profile. It was magic!” Vicks tells the Yuma Sun. “I soon had 10 gowns to pick from. That is how Catherine’s Glass Slipper Project was born, right at my kitchen table.”

A year later, Vicks has 400 dresses — donated both locally and nationally — in her boutique, which for the moment is also her basement. But Vicks hopes to find a better space soon for her collection soon, and is working on making it an official non-profit.

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Fabri-Kate: Magazines, mirrors and glue … oh my!

By Kathleen Neafsey

I’m learning to  let go … of my magazines.  The majority of the magazines that I read are cooking related; my problem is that I save them because I’ll see a great recipe and think that I’m going to make it one day.  Rarely, if ever, does that happen.

I’ve learned to tear out the recipes that I’m interested in, and toss the rest of the ‘zine.  I’m definitely a fan of passing them on to someone else to read or donating them to anywhere that will take them and, of course, repurposing them.

We’ve all seen those Urban Outfitters recycled magazine picture frames and vases.  Those, however, come with a hefty price tag.  Yours can be made for the price of a mirror, a magazine, and a glue stick.  You’d think that it would take 400, 525,600 pages to achieve … but actually it just took 35 rolled up magazine pages to frame this mirror.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Obsessed with: Winter Kate leather skirts and pants

By Kate Torgovnick

Last spring, I sang the praises of Nicole Richie’s fashion line, Winter Kate. And now I am thoroughly in love with the brand’s fall collection. The theme: gauzy blouses paired with leather bottoms. I totally adore the sweet-yet-tough vibe of this laser cut leather skirt, which looks awesome in both black and tan. See Nicole rocking the black version herself after the jump.

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Kate Upton brings iPhone to Samsung event, just as Samsung is ordered to pay Apple $1 billion in damages

Kate Upton brings iPhone to Samsung event

By Kate Torgovnick

Last week, Kate Upton headed to an event for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 smart phone, which looks pretty appealing because you can write on the screen, Perez Hilton style. Upton put on sleek orange dress for the occasion and swept her hair into an undo but she forgot to attend to one important detail — the model was snapped with her iPhone at her side.

Normally, this wouldn’t be a huge deal as models and celebrities often attend events for products they don’t actually use. But this feels a little like adding insult to injury because Samsung just lost a major lawsuit to Apple. On Friday, a jury ruled that Samsung had willfully infringed on five of Apple’s patents, from its “pinch and zoom” capabilities to its one-fingered scrolling to its rectangular-with-curved-edges design. The Huffington Post reports that Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages and — if they continue to use these technologies — will have to pay Apple licensing fees in the future. Meanwhile, the jury dismissed Samsung’s $422 million countersuit that Apple had pilfered several of its patents, too.

In other words, Upton really should have left her iPhone at home.

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ExpliKate: Why am I so addicted to chocolate?

Why am I addicted to chocolate?

By Kate Hakala

I am certain that I am a woman. Here’s proof: these two mammary glands, my monthly menstruation and, oh yes, I am utterly addicted to chocolate.

The way I eat chocolate — the way I fiend for it — you’d think there was some Darwinian motivation behind it. Throughout my life, I have always kept a bar in the freezer or surreptitiously brought the chocolate chips back to my bed for a midnight to three a.m. snack. And I’m not alone; the US consumer eats about 12 pounds of chocolate a year.

So, why am I craving the brown stuff almost every day? I know people dub themselves “chocoholics,” but is there any proof that doing cocoa is actually physically addictive? And if we’re chowing down the 3,400-year-old treat like it is going out of style, is it really that bad for us? It seems like I had only heard conflicting reviews of my go-to taste bud charmer, so I wanted to sit the jury down myself and get a verdict once and for all.

Meet Theobroma cacao, chocolate from the tree, in its purest form. Theobroma is Greek for “food of the gods”, and they weren’t lying. What is in this devilish dessert that makes it so heavenly? Chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine but also theobromine, a stimulant closely related to caffeine, that effects us as a mild stimulant, a diuretic, and a muscle relaxant for the bronchi in the lungs. This magic alkaloid also dilates blood vessels and so can be found in medicines prescribed to treat high blood pressure. Add up the stimulation of caffeine, sugar, and theobromine and that explains the get up and go you feel when you eat a chocolate bar.

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Trivia: Gangster Kate “Ma” Barker’s $1 million digs

Kate "Ma" Barker

By Kate E. Stephenson

I have been researching this Kate for weeks, chomping at the bit to introduce you to this wiley woman; but the history books are tricky and the details seem to slip between my fingers. Luckily, an announcement in the New York Daily News made this week’s trivia a done deal.

As reported in the paper on Wednesday, August 22:

The Florida hideout where Depression-era gangster Ma Barker was killed in a hail of FBI bullets has hit the market for $1 million.

The lakefront Ocklawaha home was the site of one of the biggest shootouts in FBI history — and still has the bullet holes to prove it.

On Jan. 16, 1935, G-men took out Kate “Ma” Barker and one of her thug sons in a bloody, four-hour raid.

Barker, 61, branded America’s Public Enemy No. 1, ran the notorious Barker-Karpis gang, wanted for a four-year string of murders, robberies, kidnapping and other crimes across the South and Midwest.

Agents found her dead in a second-floor bedroom, still clutching her Thompson machine gun, according to local lore.

Born October 8, 1873, Ma Barker was the mother of four boys who came to be part of one of the most notorious gangs of the early 20th Century—the Barker-Karpis Gang. Eventually she and her sons came to such notoriety that led to the above bloodbath through the efforts J. Edgar Hoover and the burgeoning Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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The Week in Kate: Kathleen Turner gets rave reviews, Katie Holmes’ divorce finalized

By Kate Torgovnick

As per usual, it looks like the Kates, Katies, Catherines, and Katys of the world have been mighty busy this week. Here, your weekly roundup of name-specific news.

  • Kathleen Turner has gotten rave reviews for her performance in the political play “Red Hot Patriot” this week. One reviewer called her “Bacall on steroids,” while another said her voice could “smite a filibuster.” [Washington PostDaily Kos]
  • Speaking of Turner, in an interview hyping her play, she said she was dismayed by Todd Akin’s insane comments about “legitimate rape” this week. [NBC News]
  • Speaking of Akin, here is columnist Kathleen Parker’s take on his actions this week. [Washington Post]
  • Get ready, Singapore. Prince William and Kate Middleton are headed your way! [CBS News]
  • TV anchor Catherine Bosley is taking legal action against Hustler magazine for running a photo of her in a wet t-shirt, taken while she was on vacation in Key West in 2003. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
  • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are officially divorced. Wow, that didn’t take long. [E! Online]
  • Speaking of Holmes, she will be hosting a fashion show for her line Holmes & Yang at New York Fashion Week on September 9. [Examiner]
  • Apparently, Katie’s show will be on the same day as Victoria Beckham’s collection showing. While the two have been close friends for years, reports say their friendship has soured in the wake of Holmes’ split from Cruise. Sources say that both ladies have their  ”claws out” and are looking at fashion week as a showdown. [Daily Mail]
  • Awww, here’s Katie teaching daughter Suri to ride a bike. [Just Jared]
  • Social scientist Catherine Hakim says in her new book, The New Rules: Internet Dating, Playfairs and Erotic Power that having an affair can strengthen a relationship. Ummm, not liking how I feel about that idea, especially this quote: “The fact that we eat most meals at home with spouses and partners does not preclude eating out in restaurants to sample different cuisines and ambiences, with friends or colleagues.” [Huffington Post]
  • Kate Beckinsale has banned her teenage daughter from Facebook. [Starpulse]

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